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Hulu is about to start a paid service dubbed Hulu Plus any day now, according to reports from Peter Kafka and The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Hulu is in negotiations to deliver the offering to users of Sony’s (s SNE) Playstation Network, according to Bloomberg.
Both announcements are apparently imminent, with the Journal reporting that the paid service could start as early as “later this month,” Kafka agreeing that it could start “next week” and Bloomberg saying that the cooperation would Sony “could be announced as soon as next week.”
- The service will cost $9.95 per month.
- It will offer access to a larger back catalog of content.
- It will run on additional devices currently not supported by Hulu, including Apple’s (s AAPL) iPad and potentially Microsoft’s (s MSFT) Xbox as well as Sony’s Playstation.
- Hulu’s basic service will remain free for all of its users.
Hulu Plus may also eventually offer access to shows that previously weren’t available on Hulu, with rumors pointing towards negotiations with CBS. Viacom, who just removed all of its content from Hulu a few months ago, also signaled that it was willing to rethink its stance on Hulu if and when the economic model of the site changes.
However, it’s doubtful that any of these potential content partners will be available as part of a launch next week, which will reportedly be rolled out as a closed beta test limited to as few as 10,000 subscribers.
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